High Hopes (1988)

Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbors, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering husband. Shirley wants a baby, but Cyril, who reads Marx and wants the world to be perfect, is reluctant. Cyril's mum locks herself out and must ask her snooty neighbors for help. Then Cyril's sister Valerie stages a surprise party for mum's 70th birthday, a disaster from start to finish. Shirley holds things together, and she and Cyril may put aside her Dutch cap after all.

Directing:
  • Mike Leigh

Writing:
  • Mike Leigh

Stars:
Release Date: 1988-09-01
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 112
  • Revenue: $1,192,322
Linda Beckett
Linda Beckett
Receptionist
Phil Davis
Phil Davis
Cyril Bender
Ruth Sheen
Ruth Sheen
Shirley
Edna Doré
Edna Doré
Mrs. Bender
Heather Tobias
Heather Tobia...
Valerie
Philip Jackson
Philip Jackso...
Martin Burke
Lesley Manville
Lesley Manvil...
Laetitia Boothe-Brain
David Bamber
David Bamber
Rupert Boothe-Braine
Jason Watkins
Jason Watkins
Wayne
Judith Scott
Judith Scott
Suzi
Diane-Louise Jordan
Diane-Louise...
Chemist Shop Assistant
Cheryl Prime
Cheryl Prime
Martin's girlfriend
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